You just bought the perfect leather briefcase, and oops, a co-worker spills their morning coffee on it! What to do?
We've all had the moments and had to do a quick search online to find out what to do that's why I thought this article would be helpful. Here's a quick round-up of 5 tips on how to keep your leather as good as new!
5 Tips to Keep Your Leather As Good As New
Tip 1. When Your Leather Item Is Brand New
As soon as you get your leather item home, use a high-quality water and stain repellent to help prevent water stains and soiling. Re-apply every two or three months to keep your item at its best.
Tip 2. Ongoing Leather Maintenance
- Leather dislikes dust. Dust settles in creases and acts as sandpaper, rubbing off the finish with every movement. Wipe your leather items regularly to avoid dust.
- To keep your leather item from stretching out of shape, avoid keeping bulky, pointed or heavy objects in the pockets.
- Avoid schpritzer-sheen–don't apply hairspray or even perfume when your leather item is nearby.
- If you need to repair a hem, try a dab of rubber cement.
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Tip 3. Removing Spots From Your Leather Item
- Fresh stains from things such as blood and food can be cleaned up quickly with a damp cloth.
- Many spots and marks on leather can be cleaned off with a pencil eraser, especially on white leather.
Tip 4. When Leather Gets Wet
- Let your leather item dry naturally, away from any direct heat source. Remove any debris or stains with a cleaning agent, then condition while the pores are still fully responsive.
- For shoes, stuff the toe area with paper towels or a shoe tree to absorb moisture and help retain the shape.
- Winter salt can stain your leather, so wipe with a clean, damp cloth and dry naturally.
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Tip 5. Storage
- Leather items ideally should be kept in a well-ventilated, cool, dry place. Avoid hot or damp areas, exposing leather to direct sunlight or heat for prolonged periods of time.
- Because leather is a natural material, it likes to be surrounded by breathable cloth rather than plastic, so cover your leather with those extra cotton sheets when storing.
With proper care, your new leather item should become an old friend. Oh, and what about that coffee stain? Like all liquid spills, all you need to do is blot with a clean cloth.
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